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Scheduled release date:

January 15, 2013

Publisher:

Capcom

Developer:

Ninja Theory

Number Of Players:

1

Genre:

Action

Release Date:

January 15, 2013

Devil May Cry had me when I first played the demo that came packaged with Resident Evil: Code Veronica X for the PS2. I remember playing that demo at least fifty times before one of the most amazing action titles ever landed later that year. It was unfortunate to see Capcom drop the ball with DMC2 but they’ve been back on the wagon ever since (don’t care what anyone says; DMC4 rocked) and now it’s time for a reboot. Yeah, reboots are all the rage this generation, it seems.

As you might’ve gathered from the media released thus far, this prequel – which clearly captures an earlier period in Dante’s life – adopts a more modern artistic style. Past entries have all been very gothic and fantastical; DMC seems to present us with an alternate futuristic reality of sorts, and that could provide us with some intriguing plot points. It’s also quite clear that more in the way of gritty, potentially offensive material will be making an appearance…you know, the typical things, like half-clad chicks, ridiculous amounts of gore, and maybe some alcohol/drug references.

First off, much has been made of the new Dante and many of the more annoyed fans have thrown a lot of hostility Ninja Theory’s way. I’m not the biggest fan of this redesign, either, but the developers made it clear that Capcom: A. Desired a completely new look for the franchise, and B. Approved that new character style. So if you’re still ticked, blame the publisher. Anyway, as much as I dislike this angsty punk persona and I would rather have seen the cocky coolness of older Dante, this series has always been about the gameplay. Hence, if that satisfies and fulfills, I’ll quickly forgot about a Dante that doesn’t have silver hair (sacrilege!).

And the good news is that the gameplay is shaping up quite nicely. If you haven’t seen footage yet, you should check it out; Ninja Theory isn’t pulling any punches with the speed and relative complexity so common to this franchise. You will once again be rewarded for well-timed combos, as skill is once again the name of the game. Those familiar with past iterations will recall the grading system, which starts at D and progresses up through triple-S. If you want the high S rankings, you had best impress with an assortment of difficult-to-execute combos. This will require some practice, but I wonder how hard the game will be…

DMC3 was a bi*** and DMC4 was definitely easier but still no walk in the park. Now, Ninja Theory has done Heavenly Sword and Enslaved: Odyssey to the West and both of which offered a moderate challenge to normal gamers (I’m not referring to those who live and breathe action slashfests). So if DMC is close to the relative difficulty of either of those aforementioned titles, I think I’ll be fine. Provided this plays like the Devil May Cry games I’ve known and loved in the past, I’m fairly certain this project will be a success. And to be perfectly honest, Ninja Theory needs and deserves that success. It has been a long time coming, I say.

Look for DMC to rip you a new one on January 15, 2013.

11/13/2012 Ben Dutka

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Comments (14 posts)

WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, November 13, 2012 @ 2:20:39 AM
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Don't worry Ben, you'll get your white hair back when you Devil Trigger Mode :)

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Tuesday, November 13, 2012 @ 10:15:54 AM

Yeah, but it still doesn't look right. LOL

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GuyverLT
Tuesday, November 13, 2012 @ 12:02:12 PM

The white hair doesn't fit new Dante or the new Vergil

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___________
Tuesday, November 13, 2012 @ 3:44:13 AM
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i hope NT does see the success they deserve, but NOT in this!
that will just compound crapcom, and their attitude on the industry.
i hope this does meh, then and only then will NT go back and consider doing another enslaved.
god that was such a kick a$$ game!

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Vivi_Gamer
Tuesday, November 13, 2012 @ 8:46:53 AM
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I played this at Eurogamer and I know it may sound like a really daft question, but can you block on this game? As I could not figure out how to do so. I had the same irritating experience with Metal Gear Rising (It had parry, which proved to be in-affective.

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duomaxwell007
Tuesday, November 13, 2012 @ 9:52:14 AM

if yo could block in DMC i never did it.. I just used Trickster style and dodged every attack that came at me, why block when you can move, right?

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Tuesday, November 13, 2012 @ 10:16:23 AM

No block.

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LazyVigilante
Tuesday, November 13, 2012 @ 9:00:09 AM
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DMC 4 kicked major ass. Smooth n fast paced battles, ridiculously stylish clothes, wicked cool characters...it overdid everything.... in a good way.Definitely don't like the new guy.... not even calling him dante, but will pick it up when the price drops, just for the hack n slash gameplay.

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duomaxwell007
Tuesday, November 13, 2012 @ 9:51:07 AM
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While the gameplay in the old DMC is fun and the new one looks equally fun Id say it was more about the personality to me... I like cocky, arrogant Dante (not to mention he looks way better) over the new one anyday...


I mean Dante talking to Cerberus like he was just a common house pet/dog was classic and hilarious, Im sure this new Dante wont do anything like that.

Isnt gonna stop me from buying and playing the game though and Im sure itll be better than 4./. I just wont have my expectations set very high.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, November 13, 2012 @ 12:55:19 PM

Nah, he's still very cocky and arrogant.

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xenris
Tuesday, November 13, 2012 @ 10:00:19 AM
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I just dont know if this will be able to outdo what DMC 3 did for me. That game was so over the top stylish and ridiculous I instantly fell in love with it.

Watching the combat for this it does look good although a bit slower than DMC3 but that doesn't mean it will be worse just different I guess.

I have no problem with how dante looks really I just miss his awesome attitude in the other games.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, November 13, 2012 @ 12:55:52 PM

All it has to do to outdo DMC3 for me is let me get past the first level.

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Drake_RB3
Tuesday, November 13, 2012 @ 6:46:59 PM

Haha, World. Seriously I gave up twice, but kept coming back the next day. Finally pulled it off and then got through the whole game.

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GuyverLT
Tuesday, November 13, 2012 @ 12:03:21 PM
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Hey been are you gonna do a follow up article about Vergil's Downfall DLC.

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